Tuesday, April 11, 2017

7 Eleven and Sunoco

Hartford County location
7-Eleven and Sunoco announced a merger, so this could shake things up.  In CNY, the few 7-Elevens with petrol have rival Gulf (which was absent from Syracuse for over two decades).  We discussed 7-Eleven in an earlier post on new location ideas, but now A-Plus (which was originally with Atlantic; who spun off of Rockefellers Standard Oil conglomerate, the original Big Oil) could take the new name (took a while for another competitor Speedway to absorb Hess, so give it a year or so).  7-11 bought Wilson Farms which used to be owned by Tops.  Participating Sunocos in Price Choppers market area have discounts customers can earn (also covered in a previous article).  Some Sunocos have indie C-stores in them such as the Westvale (Delles), Fulton (Clancys), Oswego (Xpress Mart), Bridgeport (SunTrac), or Lyncourt (Ohri Gas Land) locations or regional chains like ExpressMart (deWitt flagship), Stewarts Shops (Albany County), Runway (Camillus) and Nice-'n-Easy (East Syracuse).  Also these existing C-stores are usually smaller than an average 7-Eleven.  Sunoco bought Atlantic in 1993.  Few older locations are still in business in CNY now such as in van Buren and Onondaga Hill if I'm not mistaken.
Due to the nature of the system, adding pumps to non-gas stores would take a lot of work and red tape.  The Eastwood 7-Eleven is right next door to yet another nemesis and Standard Oil spinoff, Mobil.  A new Sunoco/7-Eleven could be built in an area with less competition.  Just as long as I can use my FuelAdvantage every once in a while with another rise just made.

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